How I’m involved with London 2012: Having been offered a face-to-face interview back in June 2011, I finally heard back and was made an offer to help with the Badminton team in December. While I don’t yet know the specifics of my role, my job title is “Field of Play Team Member” and will involve me being based at the Badminton venue in Wembley Arena. I’ll be helping to ensure the smooth running of the tournament from a fan, media and player perspective.
The process to be considered for one of the 70,000 Games Maker roles (the name given to the army of volunteers that will make the Games happen) started for me in 2010, when I made my initial online application. I’d been volunteering for as long as I could remember – both as a teenager, a University student in a number of societies and now particularly involved with Children’s work at my Church in Birmingham. On top of this, I had volunteered each year at the Yonex All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena since 2005. This gave me a lot of volunteering and big tournament experience to talk about within my application. The opportunity to combine my passion for serving others, born out of my Christian faith, and my keen interest in sport were key factors in deciding to apply. This was in addition to the memories of many lasting friendships and great fun I’d had throughout the years of volunteering I’d previously done.
Why I wanted to be involved with London 2012: Having grown up in Southend-on-Sea and made regular trips into London, I was delighted to hear the Olympics had been awarded to London for 2012. And the opportunity to apply as a volunteer at the Games therefore seemed like a chance to good to miss!